New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, March 22, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

March 22, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 22, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas VIV New FELS l.i rt ■} j    Mn r.n " ° *•    n (J o' 9 ■ O - ut vt 5 J Is JUkOPljXsi TN'DL; J th; ] C;|^j f ^Herald-Zeitu IN G -- *»*.!. I.*-.-,.,- \ol. 149 No. 83    18    pages    in    2    sections    March    22,    2000 Wednesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents School district budgets feel force of gasoline prices By Heather Todd Staff Writer Local school district transportation departments are feeling the pinch of rising gasoline and diesel fuel prices and could be forced to make cuts next year if fuel costs remain high or continue climbing. With retail gas prices throughout the country' continuing to inch closer to $2 a gallon, the United States Energy Department reported earlier this month prices could soar even higher during the summer driving season. Motor fuel prices are rising because of high crude oil prices and tight petroleum supplies caused by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries production cutbacks. White House officials are working to persuade oil exporting countries to increase production and erase a 2-million-barrel-a-day global supply shortfall when they meet March See PRICES/5A Area school districts could be making room in their budgets to fund higher gas costs in the 2000-01 school year. One district reported its fuel costs have doubled since last year. K. JESSIE SLATEN/ Herald-Zeitung Room with a view Commission considers bed tax split Submitted photo A view of New Braunfels is pictured through a window in the Brauntex Theater projection booth. The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Association, Inc., is a non-profit group seeking to restore and reopen the historic Brauntex Theater in downtown New Braunfels as a performing arts venue. See more about the renovation process on page 5B. By Peri Stone-P ALMQUIST Staff writer Despite the recent buzz about spending more bed tax money on arts and heritage groups, no new requests were made at the Heritage Commission’s Tuesday night meeting. “The requests stay the same year to year,” commission member Victor Sponenberg said. The seven-member commission typically meets once a year to discuss how hotel/motel tax revenue, a dedicated tax with restricted uses, should be spent on heritage organizations. Its recommendation is brought before New Braunfels City Council for final approval. Money currently brought in by the city’s 7 percent hotel/motel tax is divvied up between the arts and heritage organizations (14.286 percent), Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce (55 percent) and for the upkeep of the New Braunfels Civic Center (11.428 percent). The remaining 19 percent has been frozen for two years by New Braunfels City Council, but more than 1,000 voters have asked the city to spend it on historic restoration and preservation projects and programs that enhance the arts or buildings with historic significance. The chamber has asked the city to consider spending that money on a convention center. Residents will vote on the issue May 6. At Tuesday s meeting, commission chairman Pete Schlumbeiger commended the heritage groups on their proposals and the good work they’ve done throughout the year. Recommendations include allocating the more than $90,000 available to the following groups: • $21,000 to the Heritage Society of New Braunfels, Inc.; • $21,000 to the New Braunfels Conservation Society; • $3,700 to the New Braunfels Historic Museums Association; See COMMISSIONG Aesthetics ordinance on table By Erin Magruder Staff Writer The New Braunfels Planning Commission met Tuesday evening for its third workshop to discuss a proposed aesthetics ordinance to prevent unsightly businesses and structures from compromising highly visible areas of the city. At the end of the hour-long w ork shop at the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted, the commission decided to narrow its immediate focus to restriction of the downtown, historic area of the city. Commissioners decided to develop a draft ordinance for what probably would be the most restricted pocket of the city. They would then use the downtown draft as a building block for planning proposed aesthetic ordinances in other parts of the city. In their second workshop meeting, commissioners discussed preliminary boundaries for several overlay districts, which would hover above key areas and scenic corridors that have an impact on resi- See ORDINANCE/8A Inside Abby................................5A Classifieds.......................4-8B Comics...............................2B Crossword..........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies..................................5    A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................8-10A Today.................................2A Television............................2B www.herald-zeitung.com Key Code 76 Larry Phelps (left) was presented the Citizen of the Year award by the Herald-Zeitung Advertising Manager Mike Whitworth and Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson Tuesday night at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Phelps, volunteer coordinator for New Braunfels Rebounds, and a small volunteer construction crew have repaired 50 homes damaged or destroyed by the October 1998 flood for families who either received little government assistance or could not afford to pay contractors. Bulverde woman turns herself in to authorities Citizen of the year AMANDA BECK/Herakj-Zeitung From Staff Reports A 57-year-old Bulverde woman turned herself into the Comal County Sheriffs Office Monday on a warrant stemming from a 1997 aggravated assault against a Department of Public Safety Highway patrol trooper, authorities said. Republic of Texas member Carolyn Carney was convicted by a Comal County jury in January 1998 of aggravated assault of a public servant and sentenced to ten years in prison and fined $10,000. The incident occurred in June 1997 when DPS troopers attempted to serve a subpoena at Carney’s home. Carney was hiding in an upstairs closet with a handgun and pointed it at trooper James Jones when he opened the closet door, authorities said. Carney’s conviction was upheld in an appeal to a court in Austin, which handed down its judgement March 3. Carney is being held at the Comal County Jail and will be transferred to a Texas Department of Corrections prison to serve her sentence, authorities said. ;

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